Pince-Nez Case


An inscription on this pince-nez case reads “GALL & LEMBKE / PATENT / ACHROMATIC SPECTACLES / 21 / UNION SQUARE / N.Y.” Joseph Gall (1807-1886) and Charles Lembke (1835-1903) were opticians in New York City who formed a partnership in1869, trading as Gall & Lembke. Lembke was born and trained in Germany, and in New York by 1857.

Ref: Emil L. Lembke, “Eyeglasses,” U.S. Patent 722,521 (March 10, 1903), assigned to Gall & Lembke.

Maker: Gall & Lembke

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.304826.070.BAccession Number: 304826Catalog Number: 304826.070.B

Object Name: CaseOther Terms: Case; Vision Aids; Pince-Nez

Physical Description: leather (overall material)maroon (overall color)gold (overall color)Measurements: overall: 1 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 4.445 cm x 10.795 cm x .635 cm


Record Id: nmah_1121642

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